The 1967 model year brought the first big visual redesign and technical developments to Ford’s sales leader.
There were two good reasons why the Mustang was noticeably modified and enlarged in terms of its dimensions and appearance. The total length was now 183.6 inches, which was a 2 inch increase (51 mm) over the previous model. The Mustang also grew 2.7 inches (69 mm) wider to a total width of 70.9 inches. The increase in height was only 0.4 inches (10 mm). The wheelbase of 108 inches remained unchanged.
One reason that the Mustang had to grow was the fact that some customers had requested more space in the interior as well as in the trunk. This request was addressed with the newly-styled Mustang, but only to a small degree.
A second and likely more urgent reason was the competition. Both Chrysler and Chevrolet already had models with a big block engine. The Mustang was missing a big block engine altogether at this point. As a result, the 390 (6.4L) big block engine was installed for the first time for the 1967 model year because with the increase in width of about 2.7 inches there was finally enough room for it under the hood. The big block model was equipped with a 600 cfm Holley four chamber carburetor, a 9 inch rear axle and the option of a four-gear manual transmission or the new C6 automatic transmission.
The driving characteristics of the Mustang were perceptibly improved as well, since the increase in size meant that the chassis could be made wider, too. The result was comfortable, stable road handling. The front disc brakes were offered for the first time with power-assisted braking.
The front of the 1967 Mustang received a bigger front grill opening in order to achieve a more aggressive look. Larger scoops were mounted on the sides to further reinforce this impression. The rear sheet metal was bent slightly toward the inside and the gas cap attached to it was likewise changed, as in the prior years.
An important change to the convertible was the optional divided pane of
glass in the top. This allowed the convertible cover to be opened without requiring any precautions to be taken against creasing, as had been the case with the plastic pane used on previous models.
An additional noteworthy extra was the Exterior Décor Group. This included not only the wheel well chrome, but a trunk lid decorative strip, a pop-open gas cap, and a special hood as well. This hood had two air vents with two turn signals facing back toward the windshield and the driver. The turn signal hood was a very sought-after extra at this time.
For the fastback models, the visual change was the most evident because the roof now extended down as far as the edge of the trunk.
There were even some new changes to the interior to report. The instrument panel was completely redesigned. The SelectAire air conditioning was now integrated into the instrument panel and no longer installed as an independent unit under the instrument panel, as in previous models.
The Interior Décor Group, also known as the Deluxe Equipment, included not only the special door panels with integrated armrests, but also full aluminum paneling for the instrument panel, the door panels, and the center console (if present). Furthermore, this package included special emblems on the leather seats, a hard shell covering for the seatback, and a roof console (coupe, fastback).
Two additional interesting options from the 1967 model year were the tilt-away steering wheel and the cruise control. The Cruise control was installed only 55 times in the 1967 model year, however. The interior color and material variations were drastically reduced from 34 in 1966 to only 20 in 1967.
In addition to the California Special and the High Country Special, another special model with the name "Stallion" was also offered. This car was a Mustang designed and sold only by Mainway Ford in Toronto; its spectacular look attracted quite a bit of attention. In the end, however, only eight of these Mustangs were sold.
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